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Review: "Ghost in the Shell: Arise" - Shadows Of The Successor?

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It’s time to reboot the system and the timeline. Major Motoko Kusanagi has not been forged in the fires of the Laughing Man and the Individual Eleven, but is instead a budding hacker with a debt to the government: she owes them her body, literally. Recruited to investigate a bombing, she must deal with the […]

Review: "The Devil Is A Part-Timer!" is Full-Time Fun

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The Devil is a Part-Timer! is a hard show to classify. It is not an “action” show, since there aren’t enough action sequences to make it qualify as such. It is not a drama, since there are too many comedic sequences, but it’s not a pure comedy either, as the dark backstory of the main […]

Review: "Red Data Girl" is Shortsighted

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In the modern era, can you imagine a teenage girl blindly wandering through life without her cell phone, a Facebook page, or even an iPod? Izumiko is that girl, having lived a sheltered life at an ancient shrine hidden in the forest. More country bumpkin than city bigwig, she’s a shy wallflower in high school […]

Review: "Sailor Moon" A Moonlight Night's Dream or Nightmare?

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Fighting evil by moonlight, winning love by daylight, reignited for a new fight: it’s the series called Sailor Moon. It’s been years since four-fifths of the iconic pretty guardians appeared on American shores, and while their impact on American pop culture and the animation industry left a definite impact, many fans feel that the series never had […]

Review: "Road To Ninja: Naruto the Movie" - The Road to a Vital Shonen Film

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Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie is the ninth theatrical film depicting the characters of the Naruto franchise. It’s hard to believe, considering the diminishing returns of the theatrical films since the beginning of the Shippuden films. The last two movies, The Lost Tower and Blood Prison, didn’t even earn back their budgets in Japan. […]

Review: "Princess Mononoke" Blu-ray - The Indispensable Mythic Movie

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Rarely has the wait for high definition treatment been longer and more worthwhile than for Princess Mononoke. This is the most distinct film in Hayao Miyazaki’s illustrious oeuvre, and surely a contender for his very greatest if only because of the many layers there are to it. It is an epic quest, a tale of […]

Review: "Naruto Triple Feature" - Sharp Visuals, Dull Plotting

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The Naruto manga has come to a close and the anime adaptation probably won’t continue forever, but it is still hard to believe that the franchise has existed for this long. Over the decade-plus run since the manga and anime premiered, many theatrical films based on the universe have been manufactured. With the older, Shippuden-era incarnations […]

CLIP: "Kiki's Delivery Service," "Princess Mononoke," "The Wind Rises" Blu-rays Coming November 18, 2014

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Review: "Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods" Your Wish Will Not Be Granted

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Nothing can keep a good Saiyan down. Majin Buu has been defeated, Goku’s alive, and all is right in the world. That’s a very boring scenario for warriors, and a birthday party for good friends is still not a fight; eating cake and playing bingo doesn’t get the blood pumping. Thankfully, the God of Destruction, […]

Review: "Ranma 1/2 Vol. 1 & 2" A Double Knock-Out, or Forfeit?

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Ranma Saotome is a youthful martial artist, pedigree of the Anything Goes School of Martial Arts. Akane Tendo is the inevitable heir of the Tendo Dojo, and a strong and focused martial artist in her own right. Their parents have conspired to get the two to wed, leading to a unification of the Anything Goes […]

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